A New Way to Experience the Keweenaw

The Rozsa's new "Listen" app for iPhone and Android lets visitors to the Houghton Waterfront Trail and the Quincy Mine property hear music and soundscapes unfold around them based on their specific location. The app is now available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices.

A Thoughtful and Exciting New Way to Enjoy the Outdoors

Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts adds a new open-air experience in the Keweenaw this summer.

With the new “LISTEN” app for iPhone and Android, visitors to Houghton’s Waterfront Trail and the Quincy Mine property in Hancock will hear music and soundscapes unfold around them based on their specific location.  “We know that few are interested in indoor programming during the summer,” said Mary Jennings, Director of the Rozsa Center. “So we’re proud to bring the quality of our programming to where people want to be − outside. Users will be able to launch the app from any point at those locations and hear music composed by local musicians, whose work was important to include."

The Waterfront Trail experience was composed by Adam Meckler, Michigan Tech Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies. The Quincy Mine experience was composed by Libby Meyer, Michigan Tech Senior Lecturer and Director of the Music Composition Program.  “I was definitely excited to work on a project that blended art, technology and in this case, history,” Meyer said. “The idea that we can bring these spaces alive and allow people to experience them in new ways through music and technology is a really inspiring idea.”

The concept was originally developed by Washington, D.C. brothers Hays and Ryan Holladay who have been hailed as interactive music pioneers. Their first project wove music through the spaces of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was lauded as “magical” by The Washington Post. The brothers have since collaborated on many projects, including one for New York City’s Central Park, and Ryan spoke about their work at a TED conference, the video of which has been viewed more than 1 million times.  More content for Michigan Tech is already being planned, including a walk on the MTU campus from the clock tower to the Rozsa Center that will launch in the Fall.

The app is free to download and use.